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Keep in mind that, per the USDA, “best by” dates and other labels describe quality ideals, not safety—so that months-old mayo may not be bad for you, but you might not want to eat it, either. Use this cheat sheet (below) to skip the taste test.


When you buy new condiments, add a label noting the first-use date—the shelf life of most items is based on when the bottle, can, or jar is opened. Place your most-used condiments in the door. To keep the rest from taking over your fridge (or getting shoved to the back and forgotten), store on a stainless-steel lazy Susan (like the one at right, $20; The Container Store) or a tiered organizer.

Thanks to: Katherine DiGiovanni, professional organizer, Refine Home Concepts